Chance To Fire Tops Governor's Cup Futurity Qualifiers

The Walk Thru Fire gelding was coming off of a third-place finish in the Grade 1 Ed Burke Million.

Q-Racing Journal

Chance To Fire won the fifth of six Governor's Cup Futurity trials at Los Alamitos on Saturday. PHOTO: Los Alamitos Racecourse

Chance To Fire, a Walk Thru Fire gelding owned by Abigail K. Kawananakoa, is the fastest qualifier to the July 29, $390,000 Governor's Cup Futurity (RG2) at Los Alamitos.

Ridden by Cody Jensen for trainer Chris O'Dell, who won the 2015 Governor's Cup Futurity with Phoebes Dynasty, Chance To Fire on Saturday won the fifth of six 350-yard trials by one length in :17.706. The gelding was coming off of a third-place finish in the June 18, 350-yard Ed Burke Million Futurity (G1).

Chance To Fire was bred in California by Dr. Edward Allred, and he was a $170,000 yearling purchase at last year's Los Alamitos Equine Sale. A half brother to multiple stakes winner Nymph, he has won three of four starts and has earned $123,450.

O'Dell also trains the second-fastest qualifier, Rosenthal Ranch's Effortless Effort. Ridden by Jensen, Effortless Effort won his trial by one length in :17.713. The Favorite Cartel gelding was bred by Dr. Steve Burns of Menifee, California, and he is undefeated in three outs.

“We’re in the catbird’s seat (for the Governor's Cup final), but that’s where the pressure is,” O’Dell said with a smile. “We ran (Chance to Fire) back pretty quick to get here today, but he’s sound and happy and we thought we better give it a chance.

“He drew post 10 for the Ed Burke, and I think he got a little lost being out there by himself,” he added. “We weren’t going to beat KVN Corona on that night, but my horse broke out and looked lost.”

Effortless Effort was a $19,000 yearling buy at last year's Los Alamitos Equine Sale. The gelding is a half brother to 2010 Rainbow Derby (G1) runner-up Smokey Stone and '06 Retama Park Futurity (G1) runner-up Angelina Ballerina. 

“It’s nice that he ran so fast,” O’Dell said of Effortless Effort. “He broke good tonight, and in the trials for Ed Burke Million he didn’t break very good. He hopped out of the gate. Tonight he left there running. He’s a nice colt. He’s flown under the radar and hasn’t gotten a lot of chatter. Maybe he’ll get some chatter now.

“This colt is a real scaredy cat," added the trainer. "He’s starting to grow into himself and relax. He’s better with the pony horse going into the gate. He’s better in the gate and better in the paddock. Everything is getting better for him. He has a bright future.”

Click here for a complete list of Governor's Cup Futurity trials.

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